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Did Reading First Work?

The recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (2006) concerning wrong-doing in awarding Reading First (RF) grants has resulted in a defense of Reading First itself: While condemning the violations in administering RF, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings (2006) insists that RF has been successful, citing three pieces of evidence: A rise in NAEP scores, a study from Michigan State, and test scores from the State of Washington. The International Reading Association has also strongly denounced the unethical practices described in the report, but notes that two studies provide evidence of the effectiveness of RF, “Keeping Watch on Reading First,” from the Center for Educational Policy, and the Reading First Implementation Evaluation.

None of these five sources provide any convincing support for Reading First. . . .

Continued at The Pulse.

— Stephen Krashen
The Pulse


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